TOPEKA (KSNT) – Recent rains have been good news for many Kansas counties. The downpours and showers we’ve seen have caused Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas Counties by issuing a new executive order. This past year, all 105 of the state’s counties have been in an emergency, warning or watch status. Now, nearly the majority of the state, 72 counties, is no longer considered to be in drought and 33 counties have now been downgraded to a “watch” drought status.
“Some areas have been experiencing drought for almost six years and will need many years to completely recover,” Governor Brownback said. “While conditions are improved, we must remain mindful of the importance of water and continue to be aware of water usage.”
The governor took action on a recommendation by Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chairman of the Governor’s Drought Response Team.
“While there have been some historic rain events this past month, we are not going to take our eye off of drought planning and future mitigation,” Streeter said. “As we start to enter into warmer drier months of the year, we know drought conditions can return quickly.”
The governor ordered drought watches to be in effect for the following counties (none of which are in Northeast Kansas): Barton, Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Finney, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita
You can find detailed information about current conditions under the Kansas Climate Summary and Drought Report at http://www.kwo.org